I curled up on the red couch with two of my children this weekend, really late…later than we should have…with chocolate bars yet! and lemonade and together, we watched the film, Beyond Borders. I’m not one to imagine that Angelina Joly could really engage a role, but she did a fantastic job in this film. This isn’t for younger children, but a definite ‘find’ for the audience who can handle the vivid images of ravaged parts of the world because the film portrays the experiences of relief workers…and then their understandable connection. I thought it was powerful!
It is a film that brings home the sense that your immediate concerns are of little consequence to some of the bigger issues of our world. I know…that theme can sometimes get troubling and leave a person wondering if their individual concerns are NOT really significant at all. I don’t mean to berate the fact that we all struggle…but, we can look at solutions to difficulties just as easily as throwing up our arms…and usually if we turn our faces to others in need, our difficulties shrink in proportion…Don’t they?
Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world’s most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in 1984. She is married to Henry Bauford (Linus Roache) son of a wealthy British industrialist, when she encounters Nick Callahan (Clive Owen) a renegade doctor, whose impassioned plea for help to support his relief efforts in war-torn Africa moves her deeply. As a result, Sarah embarks upon a journey of discovery that leads to danger, heartbreak and romance in the far corners of the world.